Dr Susanne Schmeidl

Forced Migration Research Network, School of Social Sciences


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Fields: Social Change, Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment, Migration
Tags: International aid, International Relations, Cultural Understanding, Expanding Knowledge

Susanne Schmeidl, a Fulbright Scholar, holds an MA and PhD in sociology from The Ohio State University (USA) and a Bachelor (Honours) in social pedagogy/social work (University of Applied Sciences Nürnberg). Prior to joining UNSW Sydney in 2017, she worked for over two decades as a scholar-practitioner with a variety of organizations at the intersection of security and development (e.g.; the UN Refugee Agency, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University; Swiss Peace Foundation; the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation). She also co-founded and worked with two civil society organisations in Afghanistan. Susanne is active in the development and peace community in Sydney and sits on the Board of Peacifica [https://www.peacifica.org/].


    Book Chapters

    • Schmeidl S;Hedditch K, 2018, 'Changing Patterns of Internal Displacement: The Art of Figure Skating', in Hugo G; Abbasi-Shavazi MJ; Kraly EP (ed.), Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration, edn. International Studies in Population, Springer, New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67147-5
    • Bose S;Maley W, 2017, 'Contextualising Afghanistan's transitions: Influences and challenges', in Afghanistan - Challenges and Prospects, pp. 1 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315161938
    • Schmeidl S, 2016, 'Going, Going … Once again Gone? The Human Capital Outflow from Afghanistan Post 2014 Election', in Hopper E (ed.), TELLING THE STORY”. Sources of Tension in Afghanistan & Pakistan: A Regional Perspective (2011-2016), CIDOB: Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona, pp. 105 - 152, http://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/monographs/monographs/telling_the_story_sources_of_tension_in_afghanistan_pakistan_a_regional_perspective_2011_2016
    • Maley W;Schmeidl S, 2014, 'Introduction [Reconstructing Afghanistan]', in Maley W; Schmeidl S (ed.), Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Experiences in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 1 - 10
    • Schmeidl S;Bubalo A, 2013, 'One Reason you shouldn't go to Afghanistan with a beard', in Bubalo A; Fullilove M (ed.), Reports from a Turbulent Decade ePub, edn. 10th Anniversary Collection, The Lowy Institute, Viking, Penguin Group Australia, Melbourne, Australian, pp. 281 - 283
    • Schmeidl S;Miszak N, 2011, 'For a Fistful of Dollars: The Selling out of Reconciliation and Reintegration', in Danspeckgruber W (ed.), Working Toward Peace and Prosperity in Afghanistan, Lynne Rienner Publishers/Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, New York, https://www.rienner.com/title/Working_Toward_Peace_and_Prosperity_in_Afghanistan
    • Schmeidl S, 2011, 'Engaging traditional justice mechanisms in Afghanistan: State–building opportunity or dangerous liaison?', in The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Missing in Inaction, pp. 149 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511760082.010
    • Schmeidl S, 2010, 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - The Privatized Security Sector in Afghanistan', in Afghanistan's Security Sector Governance Challenges, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forced (DCAF), Geneva, pp. 45 - 77
    • Schmeidl S, 2010, 'Civil Society and State-building in Afghanistan', in Danspeckgruber WF; Finn RP (ed.), Building State and Security in Afghanistan, Lynne Rienner Pub, https://www.rienner.com/title/Building_State_and_Security_in_Afghanistan
    • Schmeidl S, 2009, 'The Undoing of Gender Inequalities in Traditional Societies - The Example of Post-Conflict Afghanistan', in Eifler C; Seifert R (ed.), Gender Dynamics and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Peter Lang Verlag, Vienna, pp. 71 - 93
    • Schmeidl S, 2009, 'Promoting Civil Society in Afghanistan: Deconstructing Some Myths', in Danspeckgruber WF (ed.), Petersberg Papers on Afghanistan and the Region, edn. 4, Princeton University, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton, NJ, pp. 68 - 75, http://dataspace.princeton.edu/jspui/bitstream/88435/dsp01xd07gs71q/1/afgh2009_lcm4.pdf
    • Schmeidl S;Karokhail M, 2009, 'Pret-a-Proter States: How the McDonalidization of State-Building misses the Mark in Afghanistan', in Fischer M; Schmelzle B (ed.), Building Peace in the Absence of States: Challenging the Discourse on State Failure, edn. Berghof Handbook Dialouge Series, Berghof Research Centrefor Construtive Conflict Management, Berlin, pp. 67 - 78, http://www.berghof-foundation.org/fileadmin/redaktion/Publications/Handbook/Dialogue_Chapters/dialogue8_schmeidl_karokhail_comm.pdf
    • Schmeidl S, 2009, 'The ‘Undoing of Gender Inequalities’ in Traditional Societies – The Example of Post-Conflict Afghanistan', in Eifler C; Seifert R (ed.), Gender Dynamics and Post-conflict Reconstruction, Peter Lang, pp. 71 - 93, http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=51178
    • Rusu S;Schmeidl S, 2008, 'Early Warning and Early Action in the UN System', in Minority Issues Handbook: Institutions for the Management of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe, Council of Europe Publishing, France, pp. 149 - 185
    • Schmeidl S;Maley W, 2008, 'The Case of the Afghan Refugee Population: Finding Durable Solutions in Contested Transitions', in Adelman H (ed.), Protracted Displacement in Asia: No Place to Call Home, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., pp. 131 - 179, http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754672388
    • Karokhail M;Schmeidl S, 2006, 'Integration of Traditional Structures into the State-building Process: Lessons from the Tribal Liason Office in Loya Patkia', in Publication Series on Promoting Democracy Under Conditions of State Fragility. Issue 1: Afghanistan, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Berlin, pp. 59 - 79, http://boell.de/downloads/asien/afghanistan_en.pdf
    • Schetter C;Schmeidl S, 2004, 'Afghanistan: Aktuelle Situation und Möglichkeiten der Befriedung', in Reiter E (ed.), Jahrbuch fur Internationale Sicherheispolitik, Mitller & Sohn, Hamburg, pp. 503 - 522, http://www.swisspeace.org/uploads/ACSF/Publications/04_Klar_Schetter-Schmeidl_0710%20Jahrbuchbeitrag.pdf
    • Schmeidl S, 2003, 'The Early Warning of Forced Migration: State or Human Security?', in Newman E; Selm JV (ed.), Refugees and Forced Displacement: International Security, Human Vulnerability, and the State, United Nations University Press, Tokyo, pp. 130 - 155, http://unu.edu/publications/books/refugees-and-forced-displacement-international-security-human-vulnerability-and-the-state.html#overview
    • Schmeidl S;Mwaûra C;Adelman H, 2002, 'Conclusion', in Mwaûra C; Schmeidl S (ed.), Early warning and conflict management in the Horn of Africa, Red Sea Press, pp. 214 - 224
    • Schmeidl S;Mwaûra C;Adelman H, 2002, 'Principles of the CEWARN Model', in Schmeidl S; Mwaûra C; Adelman H (ed.), Early warning and conflict management in the Horn of Africa, Red Sea Press, pp. 169 - 199
    • Schmeidl S, 2002, 'Conflict Early Warning and Prevention: Toward a Coherent Terminology', in Mwaûra C; Schmeidl S (ed.), Early warning and conflict management in the Horn of Africa, Red Sea Press, pp. 69 - 99
    • Schmeidl S;Mwaûra C, 2002, 'Introduction', in Mwaûra C; Schmeidl S (ed.), Early warning and conflict management in the Horn of Africa, Red Sea Press, pp. 17 - 31
    • Goetschel L;Schmeidl S, 2002, 'Practical Capacity-Building as Tool for Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention: Awareness Raising, Training and Analytical Capacities', in Goor LVD; Huber M (ed.), Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention, edn. CPN Yearbook 2000/2001, Nomos Publisher
    • Schmeidl S, 2001, 'Gender and Early Warning', in Reysoo F (ed.), Hommes armés, femmes aguerries: Rappport de genre en situations de conflit armé, IUED: Collection Yvonne Preiswerk, pp. 51 - 63
    • Schmeidl S, 2001, 'Die Kapazität internationaler Organisationen zur Frühwarnung und Prävention von schweren Menschenrechtsverletzungen und bewaffneten Konlikten', in Hartwig H (ed.), Völkermord: Friedens-wissenschaftliche Annäherung an Unbegreifliches, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, pp. 127 - 159
    • Schmeidl S, 2001, 'Conflict and Forced Migration: A Quantitative Review', in Zolberg AR; Benda PM (ed.), Global Migrants, Global Refugees: Problems and Solutions, Berghahn Books, New York, Oxford, pp. 62 - 94, http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=ZolbergGlobal
    • Schmeidl S, 2000, 'Forced Migration and Conflict Mediation in Africa', in Ragaini R (ed.), International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 24th Session, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd., Erice, Italy, pp. 200 - 229
    • Schmeidl S, 2000, 'The Quest for Accuracy in the Estimation of Forced Migration', in Lubkemann SC; Minear L; Weiss TG (ed.), Humanitarian Action: Social Science Connections, edn. Occasional Paper Series, Watson Institute, Providence, pp. 164 - 182
    • Baechler G;Krummenacher H;Schmeidl S, 1999, 'Beitrag der Frühwarnung zur Krisenprävention - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen in Theorie und Praxis', in Oestrerreichisches Studenzentrum für Frieden und Konflictlösung, Rüegger, Zürich, pp. 77 - 99
    • Schmeidl S, 1998, 'Early Warning of Forced Migration', in Davies J; Gurr T (ed.), Preventive Measures: Building Risk Assessment and Crisis Early Warning Systems, Rowan & Littlefield, New York, pp. 56 - 69
    • Schmeidl S, 1998, 'Comparative Trends in Forced Displacement: IDPs and Refugees, 1964-1996', in Hampton J (ed.), Internally Displaced People: A Global Survey, Earthscan, London, pp. 24 - 33, https://books.google.com.au/books?id=emMw68wErC8C&pg=PA202&lpg=PA202&dq=Internally+Displaced+People+earthscan&source=bl&ots=S6BpIjzSW_&sig=vjO9PNgR_YzVtWDRS6C1NpRjt6I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=P2XUVK-tFM-wogSotoL
    • Schmeidl S, 1996, 'Hard Times in Countries of Origin', in Migration and Crime. Proceedings of an Ancillary Meeting (May 3, 1995 in Cairo, Egypt) on the Occasion of the United Nations' 9th World Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offende, ISPAC, Milan, Italy
    • Schmeidl S, 1996, 'Causes of Forced Exodus: Five Principal Explanations in the Scholarly Literature and Six Findings from Empirical Research', in Whither Refugee? The Refugee Crisis: Problems and Solutions, PIOOM, Leiden, pp. 15 - 43

    Journal articles

    • Heap B;Bain M;Wobcke W;Krzywicki A;Schmeidl S, 2017, 'Word Vector Enrichment of Low Frequency Words in the Bag-of-Words Model for Short Text Multi-class Classification Problems.', CoRR, vol. abs/1709.05778
    • Schmeidl S;Miszak, M., 2017, 'The Afghan Local Police: unpacking a hybrid security arrangement', Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, vol. 2017, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2017.1353891
    • Schmeidl S, 2016, 'The contradictions of democracy in Afghanistan: elites, elections and ‘people’s rule’ post-2001', Conflict, Security and Development, vol. 16, pp. 575 - 594, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14678802.2016.1248427
    • Schmeidl S;Bose S, 2016, 'Youth Interrupted: The Consequences of Urban Displacement for Young Men and Women in Afghanistan', Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, vol. 11, pp. 68 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15423166.2016.1230023
    • Schmeidl S, 2016, 'Deconstructing Afghan displacement data: Acknowledging the elephant in the dark', Migration Policy Practice, vol. 7, pp. 10 - 16, http://publications.iom.int/system/files/pdf/migration_policy_practice_journal_27.pdf
    • Schmeidl S, 2015, 'Darkness at the Edge of Towns - The Plight of Young Displaced Women in Urban Afghanistan', Human Rights Defender, vol. 24, pp. 15 - 18, http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/hurighdef24&id=1&size=2&collection=journals&index=journals/hurighdef
    • Schmeidl S, 2015, 'Youth in Transition', Perspectives Asia, vol. 2015, pp. 56 - 63, https://www.boell.de/sites/default/files/perspectives_asia.pdf
    • Schmeidl S, 2014, 'Heeding the warning signs: further displacement predicted for Afghanistan', Forced Migration Review, vol. May 2014, pp. 41 - 44, http://www.fmreview.org/en/afghanistan.pdf
    • Tyler D;Schmeidl S, 2014, 'Urban realities for displaced young women and girls', Force Migration Review, vol. 2014, pp. 37 - 38, http://www.fmreview.org/en/afghanistan.pdf
    • Schmeidl S, 2011, 'The quest for transitional justice in Afghanistan: Exploring the untapped potential of customary justice', Journal fur Entwicklungspolitik, vol. 27, pp. 43 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.20446/JEP-2414-3197-27-3-43
    • Schmeidl S;Karokhail M, 2009, 'The Role of Non-State Actors in ‘Community-Based Policing’–An Exploration of the Arbakai (Tribal Police) in South-Eastern Afghanistan', Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 30, pp. 318 - 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260903060193
    • Schmeidl S, 2009, ''The Lives of Others: Living Under East Germany's 'Big Brother' or the Quest for Good Men', Movie Review of Das Leven der Anderen/The Lives of Others', Human Rights Quarterly
    • Schmeidl S, 2009, 'Repatriation to Afghanistan: Durable Solution or Responsibility Shifting?', Forced Migration Review, vol. 33, http://fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR33/20-22.pdf
    • Brookings S;Schmeidl S, 2008, 'When nobody guards the guards: The quest to regulate private security companies in Afghanistan', Security and Peace
    • Schmeidl S, 2007, 'The emperor's new cloth: The unravelling of peacebuilding in Afghanistan', Journal of International Peace and Organizations, vol. 1, pp. 69 - 86
    • Schmeidl S, 2003, 'Measuring international forced migration, 1969-1999: The global forced migration project', International Journal of Sociology, vol. 33, pp. 70 - 87
    • Schmeidl S, 2002, '(Human) security dilemmas: Long-term implications of the Afghan refugee crisis', Third World Quarterly, vol. 23, pp. 7 - 29, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436590120114328
    • Schmeidl S, 2000, 'Frühwarnung und Konfliktprävention: Was haven wir gelernt?', Wissenschaft und Frieden, vol. 4, pp. 29 - 33, http://www.wissenschaft-und-frieden.de/seite.php?artlikeID=0071
    • Wayland S;Schmeidl S, 1999, 'Book Review of Jacobson D, 1996, Rights Across Borders: Immigration and the Decline of Citizenship, Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press (181p)', International Migration Review, vol. 31, pp. 735 - 736
    • Schmeidl S;Jenkins JC, 1998, 'The early warning of humanitarian disasters: problems in building an early warning system', International Migration Review, vol. 32, pp. 471 - 486, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2547192
    • Schmeidl S, 1997, 'Exploring the causes of forced migration: A pooled time-series analysis, 1971-1990', Social Science Quarterly, vol. 78, pp. 284 - 308
    • Schmeidl S, 1997, 'Fast workshop report: Early warning in practice: The case of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrg Yzstan', Soviet and Post Soviet Review, vol. 24, pp. 161 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187633297X00077
    • Krummenacher H;Schmeidl S, 1997, 'Fast: An integrated and infractive early warning system-the example of central Asia', Soviet and Post Soviet Review, vol. 24, pp. 147 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/187633297X00068
    • Schmeidl S;Adelman H, 1996, 'Towards the Development of an Early Warning / Response Network', Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, vol. 15, pp. 21 - 28
    • Schmeidl S;Jenkins C, 1996, 'Issues in Quantitative Modeling of Early Warning Analysis', Refuge: Canada's periodical on refugees, vol. 15, pp. 4 - 8
    • Jenkins JC;Schmeidl S, 1995, 'Flight from violence: The origins and implications of the world refugee crisis', Sociological Focus, vol. 28, pp. 63 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00380237.1995.10571039
    • Schmeidl S, 1994, 'Ethnic Dynamics in Forced Migration: A Comparison of Afghan and Palestinian Refugees', International Journal of Group Tensions, vol. 24, pp. 333 - 360

    Conference Papers

    • Krzywicki A;Heap B;Bain M;Wobcke W;Schmeidl S, 2018, 'Using word embeddings with linear models for short text classification', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 819 - 827, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03991-2_74
    • Krzywicki A;Wobcke W;Bain M;Schmeidl S;Heap B, 2018, 'A knowledge acquisition method for event extraction and coding based on deep patterns', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 16 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97289-3_2
    • Heap B;Krzywicki A;Schmeidl S;Wobcke W;Bain M, 2017, 'A joint human/machine process for coding events and conflict drivers', in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), pp. 639 - 654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69179-4_45

    Theses / Dissertations

    Conference Presentations

    • Schmeidl S, 2016, 'Local Peace Infrastructures in Afghanistan: Looking beyond Facades of Power to Inclusive Building Blocks for Peace', presented at 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 16 - 19 March 2016

    Working Papers

    Edited Books

    • 2014, Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Experiences in Comparative Perspective, Routledge, New York
    • 2002, Early Warning and Conflict Management in the Horn of Africa, Red Sea Press, Lawrenceville, NJ / Asmara, Eritrea


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